Another classic concert this week. The legendary Sviatoslav Richter, in recital from Moscow and recorded by Radio Moscow on December 22, 1974.
Considered one of the greatest Pianists of the 20th century, with a vast repertoire and incredible depth to his interpretations, his concerts were milestone moments and his fans were legion.
This concert has mostly likely been issued commercially – but much of his material hasn’t, and only recently has much of his live concert material been unearthed and reissued. His commercial recordings are highly prized by collectors and have been reissued continuously over the years.
Since this is a raw tape, there are no announcements – so here’s what’s on the player.
Sviatoslav Richter in Recital
Moscow – December 22, 1974
1. Miaskovsky – Piano Sonata #3 in G Minor op. 39
(applause and fade)
2. Shostakovich – Four Preludes and Fugues op. 17
a. Nr. 22 in B-flat Major (applause)
b. Nr. 21 in B-Flat Major (applause)
c. Nr. 19 in E-Flat Major (applause)
d. Nr. 20 in C Minor (applause and fade)
3. Prokofiev – Piano Sonata #8 in B-Flat Major op. 84
The concert runs just a little over 1 hour, but what an hour!